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David Beckham appearance at Chinese university causes stampede

Ryan Bailey
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In his role as Ambassador for Distracting the World from a Football League Riddled with Corruption, David Beckham is currently enjoying a week-long promotional tour of China.

He has seen Chinese Super League teams train, played with school children and sat around watching NBA games. The much-loved old British Dame was even lucky enough to meet Helen Mirren.

Day four of his tour, however, did not pass without incident. The reitred midfielder paid a visit to Shanghai Tongji University to meet their football team, but when nearly 1,000 fans gathered to catch a glimpse of him, the crowds couldn't be controlled and a stampede ensued. The Guardian reports:

Upon Beckham's arrival, fans stormed a gate and broke through police and guards, [state-run news site Xinmin] said. Photos and video footage show people pushed to the ground, shoes scattered and a uniformed woman being carried away, her face covered in blood.


Three police officers, two university security guards and two students were injured, Shanghai police said.

The event was promptly cancelled, presumably leaving a team of very disappointed university footballers.

Becks used his page on Chinese social media site Weibo to wish the injured parties a speedy recovery, but on his Facebook page, it was referred to only as an "enthusiastic welcome"...

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Incidentally, access to Facebook is banned in China, but Big Davey B doesn't let a little thing like oppressive government censorship stand in his way.

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